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Skills: Navigation Stories

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Readers' Choice 2014: Skills - Navigation

Fine-tune your navigation skills before your next backcountry excursion.

First Night Out: On the Trail

How to dress comfortably and stay fueled while hiking.

Instant Upgrades

Improve your balance on uneven terrain, figure out if your water filter is still working, and determine the crossability of a questionable river or stream during spring and early-summer.

Navigation Webinar: Go Farther with Maps and GPS

In this beginner friendly course, BACKPACKER Map Editor Andrew Matranga teaches the essentials of map reading, GPS, and compass, plus how to use today's best digital mapping tools to plan trips, to navigate in the field and to share adventures once you get home.

Navigating in the desert

Tips from our experts and readers about traveling in deserts and canyon country

Master Class: Read the Wilderness

Use nature's signs to orient yourself, pick your path through varied terrain, and predict the weather.

Winter Survival Guide: Travel

Hiking through the snow is beautiful, but not exactly easy. Use these tips to make your winter traverse all the more pleasant.

Winter Survival Guide

Our five-part plan to staying warm and well-fed in cold weather.

Master Class: Find Yourself on a Map

The best way to avoid getting lost? Always know your location. Study up on these key techniques for identifying terrain features, translating GPS data to a map, and triangulating your position.

Make a custom map for your next adventure

We've partnered with myTopo to bring you the best in maps for your backcountry pursuits.

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